e Krulak Institute For Leadership,
Experiential Learning, And Civic Engagement
Established in fall 2015, the Krulak Institute for Leadership, Experiential Learning, and Civic Engagement honors
Birmingham-Southern’s 13th president, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, and serves as the focal point for experiential learning
at the College.
The initial idea of honoring President Krulak came from Ronne and Donald Hess, longtime supporters of the
College who endowed the leadership studies program in 1999; they suggested renaming the Hess Center, but after an
outpouring of donor and community support, the Board of Trustees voted instead to create a broad-based Institute to
encompass all the College’s experiential learning programs.
The Krulak Institute emphasizes leadership development, community engagement, internships, collaborative research
and study away. It is comprised of:
The Hess Center for Leadership and Service
The Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action
The Sklenar Center for International Programs
Experiential Learning Initiative
The Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning
The Norton Board of Advisors
By bringing together these centers and programs, the Krulak Institute provides Birmingham-Southern College a focal
point for experiential learning opportunities, leadership development programming, and resources for connecting with
the city of Birmingham and the larger world. The Institute also supports faculty research and professional development
in the area of experiential learning.
Highlighted here are the major achievements for academic year 2015-2016.